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What happens during a transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy?

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A biopsy takes about takes about 10 minutes to complete. You can get it done in your urologist's office. You will be awake for it. It typically isn't painful.

Your doctor places an ultrasound probe that's about the width of a finger in your rectum. It gives off sound waves that bounce off your prostate and create a black and white image on a video screen.

SOURCES:

Ketan Badani, MD, professor of urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients: “Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Learn About Cancer: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Ketan Badani, MD, professor of urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients: “Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Learn About Cancer: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

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